In moves that could help remake the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees, Gov. Rick Scott has appointed three new board members, including former state Public Service Commission Chairman Matthew Carter and children’s advocate and former Miami Herald publisher David Lawrence Jr. Scott also appointed retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Gary McCoy of Destin.
The moves came after highly publicized clashes this year between trustees and university President Elmira Mangum. Two of Mangum’s critics, Rufus Montgomery and Spurgeon McWilliams, recently stepped down from the board, and a new chairman, Cleve Warren, was chosen.
Scott appointed Carter and Lawrence to fill vacancies on the board, while McCoy succeeds trustee Torey Alston, according to a Dec. 18 announcement from the governor’s office.
Carter, an attorney and former legislative staff director, had served on the state university system’s Board of Governors since 2012. Lawrence, who retired as publisher of the Herald in 1999, is chairman of The Children’s Movement of Florida.
McCoy served in the Air Force from 1969 to 2011 and is a former commander of the Air Force Global Logistics Support Center at Scott Air Force Base.
– The News Service of Florida